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City of Boston pays $170,000 to settle landmark case involving man arrested for recording police with cell phone

March 28, 2012

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City of Boston pays $170,000 to settle landmark case involving man arrested for recording police with cell phone Submitted by Online Coordinator on Tue, 03/27/2012 – 09:49 Simon Glik broke no law making video of police officers’ use of force against another man on Boston Common. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 27, 2012 CONTACT: Christopher […]

High court throws out human gene patents

March 27, 2012

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High court throws out human gene patents Associated Press – Mon, Mar 26, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling allowing human genes to be patented, a topic of enormous interest to cancer researchers, patients and drug makers. The court overturned patents belonging to Myriad Genetics Inc. of Salt Lake City on two genes linked to increased […]

Senator drafting bill to prevent potential employers from requiring Facebook logins

March 23, 2012

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Senator drafting bill to prevent potential employers from requiring Facebook logins By Jeff Blagdon on March 23, 2012 09:21 am If the thought of being asked by a prospective employer for your Facebook and Twitter login credentials makes you uneasy, you’re not alone. Senator Richard Blumenthal has announced that he’s working on a new bill that would prohibit the requests, […]

Government Security Gurus: All Our Networks Are Belong to Them

March 23, 2012

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Government Security Gurus: All Our Networks Are Belong to Them MARCH 23, 2012 AT 4:45 AM PT Arik Hesseldahl Think U.S. military computer networks are secure? Think again. A panel of computer security experts from across the U.S. government told a U.S. Senate committee yesterday that computer networks operated by the U.S. Department of Defense are […]

Insider Trading Ban for Lawmakers Clears Congress

March 22, 2012

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Insider Trading Ban for Lawmakers Clears Congress By ROBERT PEAR Published: March 22, 2012 WASHINGTON — The Senate gave final approval on Thursday to an ethics bill that bans insider trading by members of Congress, clearing the measure for President Obama, who called for such legislation in his State of the Union address two months ago. The legislation […]

Half of US social program recipients believe they “have not used a government social program”

March 21, 2012

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Half of US social program recipients believe they “have not used a government social program” By Cory Doctorow at 10:48 am Friday, Jul 8 “Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenges of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era,” a paper by Cornell’s Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions Suzanne Mettler features this remarkable chart showing that about […]

FCC decision strikes critical blow to right-wing radio dominance

March 20, 2012

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FCC decision strikes critical blow to right-wing radio dominance By Stephen C. Webster Tuesday, March 20, 2012 13:02 EDT A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision issued Monday (PDF) will clear the runway for hundreds of new community radio stations that broadcast on low-power FM signals, bringing progressive, community voices to urban areas that have for decades only […]

TSA Threatens Mainstream Media Not To Cover Story

March 9, 2012

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From a private blog:   BREAKING: TSA Threatens Mainstream Media Not To Cover Story I’ve been on the phone all day for the last 2 days with reporters and journalists of all kinds, including the big bad MSM, and one South Florida reporter told me that he had been “strongly cautioned” by the TSA not to cover this […]

The Policy That Keeps Prostitutes From Carrying and Using Condoms

March 9, 2012

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The Policy That Keeps Prostitutes From Carrying and Using Condoms JULIE TURKEWITZ  MAR 9 2012, 8:07 Among New York’s most contradictory sets of policies is this: Since 1971, the city has pushed aggressively for condom use, distributing more than 200 million free condoms, turning the NYC condom into an icon with its own tag line (NYC […]

U.S. announces diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea

February 29, 2012

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U.S. announces diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea By Laura Rozen | The Envoy – 1 hr 36 mins ago The United States announced a major diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea Wednesday. Under an agreement reached in direct talks in Beijing last week, North Korea has agreed to allow the return of nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, and […]